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Overview

Distance Soccer

Building on the health and safety protocols implemented for voluntary individual workouts, we will adhere to the following guidelines for voluntary small group sessions:

* Club must utilize outdoor fields as indoor training facilities remain closed to all players with the exception of those requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation, under the direction of the team medical staff, that cannot be performed from the safety of their residences.

* Club may divide each full field into a maximum of two equal halves and may assign a group of players to each full or half field.

* Club may clearly define up to six zones per half field, spaced at least 10 feet apart. Only one player may be in a zone at any given time in order to maintain physical distancing standards throughout the session. For clarity, a maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group with each player accommodated in a separate zone.

* During training sessions, players may switch zones within their own group only if another player is not currently in that zone and players must maintain a physical distance of at least 10 feet from all other players and coaches while moving between zones

* Within a single group, players may pass the ball and shoot on goal; however, all training exercises must allow players to maintain a physical distance of at least 10 feet from one another.

* Players may only train with the other players within their own group and may not interact with other groups. While the groups may not be rearranged during a single training session, clubs may rearrange the combination of players in each group from session to session.

* Coaches and technical staff must wear a face mask at all times and may direct players from the perimeter of the field, never entering the field, while maintaining at least 10-feet of distance from other staff and players.

* Only approved equipment may be used during training session including balls; small and regular goals; rubber dots; small discs and cones; rebounders; rings; GPS Pods and personal equipment that is not shared between players. Mannequins, poles, bands, weights and ball machines may not be used.

* Goalkeepers may not spit on their gloves and must clean, disinfect and sanitize their gloves after each training.

Sessions

Distance Soccer

1. Square Dribble

Organization: One player, One square. Each square set up 6ft apart.

Equipment:

  1. Ball(s)
  2. Goal

Instructions: 

  1. On the coaches command players dribble as fast as they can around each of the cones.
  2. After dribbling around each cone, player must return to the middle of his/square.
  3. First player around every cone is the winner.

2. Social Racing

Organization: Each player starts in their own channel. One player one ball. Each grid is set up 6ft from one another.

Equipment:

  1. Ball(s)
  2. Cones (any type of marker)

Instructions: 

  1. Players race to the end of their channel and perform the following turn before racing back. Each turn is done three times before moving on to the next.

– L Turn / Cruyff Turn / Outside Hook / Inside Hook / Pull Back / Chop Turn

3. Ball Mastery Social Distancing

Organization: Each player starts in their own grid. One player one ball. Each grid is set up 6ft from one another.

Equipment:

  1. Ball(s)
  2. Cones (any type of marker)

Instructions: 

  1. Players perform ball mastery skills within the box.

Toe Taps / Side to sides / L Turn / Cruyff Turn / Scissors / Outside Hook / Inside Hook / Pull Back

4. Passing Exercise

Organization: Player starts on the blue cone 5 yards from the red gate. A further 5 yards back is another set of ball laid out. on the 5 yard line and 10 yard line, two balls are set on the left of the cones and two balls set to the right of the cones. 

Equipment:

  1. Ball(s)
  2. Cones (any type of marker)
  3. Stopwatch

Instructions: 

  1. Player runs up to a ball and instep passes it through the red gate to gain 1pt. He/she then runs back around the blue cone to strike a ball on the other side.
  2. Once all balls are completed on the 5 yard line, he/she must move back and repeat the same from 10 yards. 
  3. Player has 8 balls to play. 
  4. Player has one minute seconds to complete all 8 balls.

5. Shooting Exercise

Organization: Player starts inside a 2-yard triangle. Six balls are positioned 12 yards from the goal. 3 to the left of the penalty spot and 3 to the right of the penalty spot. A cone/pugg is positioned 1 yard inside of the post and another cone positioned another 2 yards inside of that cone (both sides of the goal).

Player scores 3 points for shooting between the post and the first cone, 2 points for scoring between the first and second cone and 1 point for scoring in the central channel.

Players should shoot with the instep of their foot.

Equipment:

1) Ball(s)

2) Cones (any type of marker)

3) Stopwatch

Instructions:

1) Player begins inside the of the yellow triangle that is set up 12 yards back from the 6 balls (balls start 12 yards from the goal). Balls are set up, three to the left of the penalty spot and three to the right of the penalty spot.

2) Player runs out and takes his shot. After the shot, player returns back to the triangle before shooting a ball from the other side.

3) Player has 1 minute to complete all 6 balls.

4) The total points is accumulated points from all 6 shots.

6. Receiving Session

Organization: Player starts inside a 2×2 grid (alone). Four gates are set up 6ft from the center grid.

Equipment:

1) Ball(s)

2) Cones (any type of marker)

3) Stopwatch

Instructions:

1)  Ball passed to player who is in the grid. Player must receive the ball in the box (1 point) with first touch and pass the ball into the the goal/gate for and additional point.

2) Player has 6 balls to play.

3) Player has 30 seconds to complete all 6 balls.

4) Player can not pass to the same gate more than twice.

7. Running With The Ball

Organization: Cones are set up 5, 10, 20 and 40 yard from the start line. One player per lane, each lane set up 6ft apart. 

Equipment:

1) Ball

2) Cones (any type of marker)

Instructions:

1) Set up markers at the 5, 10, 20 and 40-yard mark.

 E.g. Player can test over 5 yards only. Then test over 10 yards only until you have scores for 40-yards.

2) One ball is placed on the end line with the player

3) On the coaches command, Player runs as quickly as possible with the ball over the distance.

4) Scores should be recorded at 5,10,20 and 40 yard markers.

8. Ball Mastery - Fakes and Turns

Organization: One player, One grid. Each grid set up 6ft apart.

Equipment:

  1. Ball

Instructions: 

  1. Player begins dribbling within his/her grid. Player masters the following skills individually:

Chop / L Turn / V Move / Maradonna / Double Scissors

  1. Once player has mastered each individual move. Player performs each move in a row as quickly as possible.

9. Juggling Challenge

Organization: One player, One square. Each square set up 6ft apart.

Equipment:

  1. Ball

Instructions: 

  1. Each Player must complete each level before moving on to the next one.
  2. First player to complete each level is the winner.